Intent of our Art Curriculum
At St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School & Nursery, we encourage our students to think, act and speak like an artist: to be confident in their use of range of materials, to express their ideas using artistic vocabulary, to take inspiration for their own work through exploration of artists and pieces of art, and to reflect, evaluate and improve. As with all areas of our curriculum, within Art and Design pupils are encouraged to take risks, show resilience and face challenges head-on!
It is important for our pupils to value Art and Design and appreciate the transference of these skills, throughout education and in the wider world. Pupils are confident in expressing skills acquired in Art and Design through cross-curricular topics, enabling them to reflect on, explore and represent topics in greater depth.
Our carefully structured Art and Design curriculum provides opportunities additional to the NC endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure in Art and Design lessons to multiculturalism and further enrichment activities, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.
Through our tailored curriculum the children will experience the following:
- The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations,
- convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject
Through our in-depth and carefully sequenced lessons, pupils’ artistic skills and concepts are transferable to whichever period of Art and Design is being studied and will equip pupils for both their future learning and future life.
The key Art and Design skills and concepts are:
- Develop ideas
- Master techniques
- Take inspiration from the greats
Implementation of Art
At St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School, each of our artists has their own sketch book, in which they can record ideas, practise new techniques and to further refine their skills. These sketchbooks give our artists the opportunity to study an existing piece of art, create a constructive and reflective critique of this work and to use these ideas to develop their own piece of related art work, enabling pupils to show perseverance and dedication to complete any project to the best of their ability. Our artists are given the opportunities to explore a variety of media, therefore experimenting as sculptors, painters, illustrators and print-makers. Artists from different eras, cultures and countries are studied throughout the school to give our artists a balanced knowledge and understanding of Art concepts and skills. School visitors and trips are facilitated where appropriate to enhance the pupils’ understanding and skills further.
Due to the nature of this curriculum area, Art and Design monitoring takes various forms. A key component of this is pupil voice; school leaders use pupil voice as an effective tool to ascertain the pupils’ ability to express themselves through a range of different mediums. Sketch book monitoring throughout all year groups also takes place once a term to compliment this, allowing leaders to ensure our artists have the opportunity to develop their skills fully and showcase their talents. Examples of our artists’ work is exhibited throughout the school, both on classroom and communal displays.
Our pupils leave St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School with the knowledge to think like an artist, act like an artist and speak like an artist, and they value the transference of these skills into their everyday life, in education and beyond.